All tragic but true.
So so true.
I LOVED Living Colour. I used to tape Friday Night Videos cause I couldn't stay up that late. And I remember one of them where the guys from Living Colour were hosting the show. The singer (Glover?) made sure to mention the 'u' in colour. How sad.
These guys will always have a warm spot in my heart. I went to see them at the Chestnut Cabaret (when it was still around) with this smokin hot babe. She looked INSANE that night and I got laid soon after. She reacted the 9 & a half weeks food scene with me. Other than that I don't care for Living Colour.
I thought Living Colour was pretty good. I saw Vernon Reid playing with Chocolate Genius a few years ago opening for Ween, and Vernon is just insanely talented.
The whole black and white issue seems played out and ridiculous when it comes to rock music. Rap is the new venue for that discussion (i.e. can there be a good white rapper) - so if you wish to discuss this issue, that would be your most apt forum. I personally don't care.
His tone was grating, but the general tone of the 80's was grating. He was loose, but I wouldn't say sloppy. There were tonnes of tight, speedy players who liked to show off their chops at the time and they were stale, anti-septic and dull. At the time I thought Reid brought something new and fresh to the table. Turns out it didn't have much of a shelf life, but for the time and at that momment it was something good. Not trying to win you over to my side, just my perspective on it.
Of course there's tons of good bands of all ethnic groups, no shit, but you take a glance down the long history of rock n roll, the stuff that lights my fire was mostly working class white kids full of piss and vinegar.
Rock'n'Roll and poor white kids? You need to see Los Lobos live my friend. Forget "La Bamba" those guys tare it apart on stage.
Living Colour doesn't translate well over time, but they were better than al ot of what came out in the day. Reid's chromatic solos got out there in way that no one else was doing in rock.